Select Committee on European Union Forty-Third Report


EVIDENCE BY LORD FILKIN ON THE PROPOSED COUNCIL DIRECTIVE DEFINING REFUGEE STATUS AND THOSE IN NEED OF INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION

6733/03 Asile 11  Proposal for a Council Directive on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals and stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection

1. In this Report we make available, for the information of the House, the oral evidence given to Sub-Committee E (Law and Institutions)[1] by Lord Filkin on the proposed Council Directive[2].

2. The key topics in the evidence are:

Progress of negotiations (QQ 2, 24)

Subsidiary protection (QQ 2, 7)

Minimum standards (QQ 4, 21, 23)

Definition of "family members" (QQ 9-20)

Procedural elements (QQ 29-36)

Non State actors (QQ 43-45)

Protection other than by the State (QQ 46-54)

Relationship with Geneva Convention (Q 52)

Exclusion from protection (QQ 2, 57-60, 63)

Terrorist-proofing (Q 53)

Differences between the two statuses (QQ 2, 41, 65)

Timetable (Q 66)

3. The draft Directive remains the subject of negotiations. The Seville European Council (June 2002) called upon the Member States to finalise the negotiations by the end of 2003. When the Council of Ministers last discussed it (at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 5/6 June) COREPER was instructed "to further examine [the Directive] with a view to reaching an agreement as soon as possible".


1   Members of the Sub-Committee are listed in the Appendix. Back

2   The original Proposal was the subject of a detailed inquiry by the Committee: Defining Refugee Status and those in need of international protection (28th Report, Session 2001-02, HL Paper 156). Back


 
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